Reviewing Hotels In Lebanon

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Beirut

I think hotels are a great way to get away from the monotony and routine of everyday life. The getaway helps you relax, meet new people and get to know new areas that you wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to visit. On several occasions over the past years, I’ve spent weekends at some of Lebanon’s nicest hotels such as Phoenicia, Four Seasons, Le Gray, Mzaar Intercontinental, Mir Amin Palace, Monte Cassino and others.

Over the coming months and as part of a “Discover Lebanon” segment I am working on, I will be posting detailed reviews of the rooms, service, facilities and the experience as a whole. In addition, I want to provide a glimpse into the surrounding regions, must see attractions, etc.

So make sure you look out for my reviews!

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Seven Awesome Pictures (+ 1 Video) of Balou3 Balaa in Tannourine

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three-bridges-cave-baatara-gorge-waterfall-lebanon-3 Image by Ralph Azar

Balou3 Balaa, also known as the Baatara sinkhole or the Three Bridges Chasm is a natural sinkhole plunging 250 meters in the mountainside and featuring a 100 meter waterfall between the bridges. It is located in Tannourine. You can go hiking and camping next to the sinkhole and also visit the Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve.

Check out more about the sinkhole on this [link].

Bala-Tannourine Image by Rabih

three-bridges-cave-baatara-gorge-waterfall-lebanon-12 Image by Jack Seikaly

three-bridges-cave-baatara-gorge-waterfall-lebanon-7 Image by Serge Melki

Tannourine-Falls-HDR Image by Serge Melki

three-bridges-cave-baatara-gorge-waterfall-lebanon-9 Image by Loai el Nomeiry

Looking-across-the-Baatara-abyss-gap Image by Ghassan el Ali

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A Lonely End To The Only the Lonely Project

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Damaged and replaced stand buttons: 38
Damaged and replaced stand cameras: 19
Damaged and replaced stands: 6

I guess this pretty much sums up this social experiment conducted by Volvo. It’s a very disappointing but expected outcome.

Funnily enough, the trend in Lebanon lately is to report cars or motorcycles breaking the law but it looks like people just like to take pictures and share them on FB and Twitter (and then go break the law somewhere else).

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Lebanon Tightening Regulations on Foreign NGO Workers

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Mohammed-el-Amine-Mosque-in-Beirut-Lebanon Picture Via LayoverGuide

Foreign NGO workers should indeed apply for a different type of VISA if they are not coming here as tourists, but things should be made easy for them as they are here on a humanitarian mission and are helping us out at the end of the day.

Read the full article on the Economist [Here].

New rules now require foreigners engaged in humanitarian work to obtain visas before entering the country rather than alter them once there as used to be the case. Agencies have been instructed to inform the security agency of all foreigners working in their offices, including staff, volunteers, interns, and people visiting Lebanon for training or meetings. Officials have begun visiting NGO offices asking them to comply with the new regulations—or risk their staff being deported.

NGOs say that they want to obey the law, but that the process of obtaining a visa is unpredictable and cumbersome. It costs thousands of dollars, requires much paperwork, and takes months. Smaller organisations say the burden is too much. “If they want me to pay, I don’t mind. Just give me the documents,” says Kris, a founder of a non-profit hostel in Beirut who was recently deported. Kris submitted his residency and work permit applications in December but six months later he was told to leave Lebanon and escorted by security officers to the gate for his flight. [Economist]